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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ put on the tree >> it's you again. >> you know, that's with a group called the broadway kids. they do -- they're kids that work on broadway. >> that's cute. >> years ago i just added that. i thought it would be fun for everybody to hear, like me. >> it was fun. ♪ for we need a little christmas ♪ >> do you know what musical it's from? ♪ right this very minute "elf"? >> "elf."
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"mame." jerry herman. oh, my gosh. it is wines day wednesday, everybody. december 18th. it's national free shipping day for 930 retail outlets. how are you supposed to know if they're one of them? >> i guess you have to call up or check online or something. >> yeah. i guess so. we adore him. do you know what i like about him, justin long? he's unpredictable. he comes to play. >> he does. >> and it's hard to get him to leave. >> he showed me a horrifying picture. it's horrifying. hope we're able to reveal it on the air. >> oh, okay. >> plus last-minute gifts for all the guys in your life. how many guys are you supposed to have? you're supposed to have just one guy, aren't you? >> i don't know. >> big night last night. >> oh, my gosh, "the voice." before we reveal the winner, we have in a hermetically sealed briefcase. we have our picks for who we thought was going to win "the voice." >> jerry sat on it all night. >> gerard. one of them. >> or gerard. >> yes. >> here's your. >> thank you, darling. >> here's mine.
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>> and we both said tessanne. >> and we were right. >> good for her. >> 28-year-old. >> the winner of "the voice" is -- tessanne chin. congratulations, from team adam. winner of "the voice." [ cheers and applause ] a big hand for all three of our finalists tonight. [ cheers and applause ] >> there's something so authentic about her. i mean, she is one of these people who -- oh, her mom. >> her mom. >> and then did she -- are we going to show when she sang with her idol? >> there was a moment that happened before she was chosen. she loved celine dion so much and she always wanted to sing with her.
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so they revealed to her in this kind of hidden tape moment that she was going to sing with celine dion. just take a look at this. >> you don't understand. she's the one person i wanted to sing with all my life. ♪ ♪ if we've got love that's strong enough we can do anything we can do anything ♪ >> wow! >> she has it, doesn't she, kath? >> she sure does. i bet she's having a surreal moment. who cares if i win? i'm singing with celine dion. she's already won. >> what a moment. that is awesome. >> she's coming on the show tomorrow. >> that's what i hear. she's going to have a huge career, i think. a huge career. >> the lovable thing about her, she is surprised by everything. she yelled out "mommy" when she won.
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like she's just a real -- >> frank does that sometimes. >> oh, yuck. >> just so sweet. i know. i know. but you know what, you liked that, didn't you, al roker? uh-huh. >> mommy. >> don't you have a bike to get on or someplace to go? >> you got nothing. >> hoda and i -- >> we can't hear you, baby. come on over. you don't have a mike on. >> hoda and i, do you know what we did last night? >> what did you and hoda do? >> talking about the rose parade. >> oh. >> you're promoting it? >> and you said tess -- >> tessanne, that's right. i predicted it there, too. then and here. >> what does al roker do after he has done seven hours straight of television in the early? >> yeah, what do you do? >> well, i go over and practice the dark arts over at 30 rock. >> that explains a lot. >> they're working. >> exactly. >> we love you, al. >> have fun at the parade. >> oh, it's going to be -- >> with this one.
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>> uh-huh. uh-huh. love you. >> so jennifer lawrence -- >> we will! >> we will! jennifer lawrence keeps saying things that keep us loving her a little more. >> what's not to love. >> she sat down with barbara walters and she said there's something that upsets her about hollywood. and she thinks that since they don't allow swear words on tv, cigarettes are regulated, she thinks that the word "fat" should also be banished. >> illegal, it should be illegal to call somebody fat on tv. i guess not just on tv, though, right? if we're regulating cigarettes, sex, cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why are we not regulating words like calling people "fat"? and she is the younger generation. it's all anonymous. >> she called out the fashion police on tv. you look at somebody and you say, oh, my god, she looked terrible. look at her outfit. >> you can ban all kinds of things but you can't legislate morality. people are going to find a
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different word to say the same mean thing or they'll make up a new word just because it's the dark side, al! of human nature. and if he would stop doing the dark arts, it would maybe stop, you know. >> there is a study that revealed that most 13-year-old girls have a fear of being overweight. they're already skipping meals. some of them are drinking diet drinks. >> i think it goes even younger than that now. >> yeah. >> i really do. >> i think part of it is that i think parents don't realize when you say, do i look fat in this or you're always wondering should i have salad instead of this? >> i have been really guilty of that. really guilty of that. but cassidy is a health freak and a diet -- not a diet but a fitness freak and all of that stuff. but i think it's negative. it's too late now for me, but it's not too late for -- do you know what it's not too late for? little north west. >> okay, here's the controversy. >> she's precious. >> this is et cetera most beautiful people and, of course, people had to figure out something that wasn't perfect
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about it. actually, it is perfect. there are people out there -- that list we will not name -- they believe that her eyebrows were somehow waxed. >> yeah. >> that is a ridiculous statement. but anyway -- >> so kim went on twitter and said do people really think i would wax my daughter's eyebrows so young? come on. i would wait until she was at least 2 1/2, which -- >> everyone went crazy. they didn't realize it was a joke. >> oh, come on. >> she tweeted back, i'm kidding. hello. it's sick to insinuate that i would wax my daughter's eyebrows. they are thick, natural and amazing. >> yeah. >> by the way -- >> leave babies alone. they're perfect the way they are. >> the paparazzi should leave them alone, too. >> there is a new law we're going to talk about. >> this is the scene. kim and her baby and kourtney and -- >> penelope. >> were walking down the street in l.a. -- >> at a mall in l.a. >> take a look. >> move, guys. [ bleep ] there's a baby here. >> hey, hey, get out of the way. >> get out of the way! >> you start to hear penelope crying. yeah. i don't know how they can go anywhere.
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what are you doing? >> nothing. i just had a moment. but here is the thing. i think the thing about that is she cursed and they were all on her. and the baby -- we were not allowed to show her, but the baby is crying. >> yeah. are you all right? >> have you ever done this? you think of something and it's inappropriate and you can't stop thinking about it? >> no, i've never done that. but i'm fascinated that you're doing it right now. what exactly is it, hoda? can you describe it more? >> no, no. >> hoda, you have to. >> no, i can't. >> you're busted. >> no, i'm not busted. let's play a game. we're going to play a game. >> oh, wait. >> we have to tell you about the law. can we go back to that? because they just passed it. remember, we saw everybody testifying. i think we saw jennifer -- >> jennifer affleck. >> garner. >> and also -- >> halle berry. >> thank you. >> halle berry. >> i'm sorry. >> there is a deal -- the -- i'm
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doing it again. i'm sorry. >> paparazzi who take video and pictures of people, of a child without parental consent and none of the parents give consent for that, and in a harassing manner. that's exactly what they were just doing. it can cause up to a year in jail. now, that's doubled now. hoda! and potential fines up to $10,000. >> okay, let's -- >> and hoda thinks that's funny. >> no, i don't. i don't. it's like being at a funeral. you just hate it. >> you want to see her really fall apart? you want to see her really fall apart? when the old lady couldn't get up, was falling down the escalator. how about that, hoda? >> no, up the escalator. what the heck? do you realize it's the holiday season out there, hoda? you're terrible. >> anyway, let's move on. >> brad pitt's 50th birthday. we want to wish him a very, very -- >> happy 50th. >> yes. >> all right. >> we're about to cross some guys off your christmas list. i hope this goes away soon. >> from your grandfather to your son, we've got everybody covered. ♪ i'm dying to know what this is.
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it is the must-see christmas movie of the holiday. "walking with dinosaurs." it tells the story of a young dino who grows up to be a hero. >> it's the only family movie. >> it's the only family movie this christmas? wow. >> i think so. so you're out of luck. >> it's like "jurassic park" meets "the lion king" in "patchi." take a look. >> hi, i'm patchi. >> oh, is that a hole in your head? >> uh, no. i mean, yeah, technically. >> i like it. really, i've never seen anything like that before. >> really? >> there's my mom. i'm sorry. i have to go. >> well, we just met. >> i'm not supposed to talk to guys outside my herd. sorry. bye.
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>> ah, um, don't go. just come back. >> seek me out later, okay? >> whoo-hoo! yeah! she likes me. >> and -- >> i have to tell you something about that clip. first of all, the movie -- i'm not just saying it -- >> you're thrilled with it. >> it's so fun. i grew up loving dinosaurs. i was obsessed. if you have kids who are into dinosaurs, it is so life-like and fun if you have kids that like dinosaurs that. particular scene, just cut off before this line. >> say it for us now. >> so i say, she likes me and i have a little hole in nye frill from an accident i was in, my character does. and i say, she likes me and she likes my hole. >> that's why we cut it out. >> not kidding. i must have done 80 takes, because i couldn't get through it without laughing and then they wanted me to say it more excited, say it a little bit -- so you try at home saying that line.
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good acting exercise. she likes me and she likes my hole. >> it's in the movie. >> it's there. made the cut. >> it's cool because it's animated. but it does look real life. >> the animation is -- i mean, you can see individual hairs on the head of the pterodactyls. and they come at you. >> you say you used to love dinosaurs so much and because you have aged quite a bit, killed a lot of brain cells doing the weird stuff that you like to do, you have 10% of your knowledge. >> yeah. i've become much stupider. i have devolved intellectually. i almost said speaking of. and that would have been mean. i was obsessed with reptiles and amphibians and i loved charles darwin, "origin of species" that i read as a kid. who hasn't? now i couldn't tell you. they asked me my favorite dinosaurs and i'm like the big ones. >> clint eastwood.
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>> clint eastwood. >> yes. yeah. >> that's terrible! that's terrible! >> you at one point co-hosted with kathie lee. didn't you, justin? >> we did. it was so fun. >> we did. >> why did they all leave? >> because it's over. >> they're all over there. they just move around? >> they just heard that al roker has left the building, and so they lost interest. >> up until then they thought i was al roker. >> no, i don't think so. >> i get that a lot. >> so here is you doing a kathie lee impression. >> kristen wiig doing me. >> kristen wiig. >> security -- >> i can't. >> kristen wiig. >> go ahead. >> i can't. i can't do it. she's so good. >> kristen wiig -- >> we knew exactly what you meant. >> good sport. >> so life is good for justin long. >> isn't it? >> is it a question? >> yes. >> can i say yes. >> tell us how good it is. 1234r boy, this is very suggestive. it's nice.
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it's good. i just -- i feel like my hair has grown a little bit. how long ago was that clip? >> i think it was in 2010. >> halfway through puberty. and now i'm three-quarters -- >> i can't. >> and there was -- >> oh, yeah, roofie jokes. >> that nobody appreciated. classic kath. >> me? >> no, i make the jokes. right. >> life is good. we see you with a beautiful young lady and you're happy. we don't want out to tell us anything you don't want to tell us. >> don't reveal. >> don't tell us. >> we don't want to -- >> there are certain people that hoda and i absolutely adore, and just pull for and long for just the happiness that they deserve and you're one of them. >> yes. >> oh, wow! >> thanks, guys. that's nice. >> there's about 100, but you're one of them. >> me and kim jong-un -- yeah, thank you. >> we mean it. >> things are very nice.
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very good. >> have a great holiday. >> thank you. >> and the movie opens nationwide, hoda. >> on friday. >> yay. >> i'm not leaving, by the way. i'm sticking around. >> yes. >> by the way, if you like buying justin and some other guy in your life a christmas gift -- >> i thought you were going to end the sentence there. >> hang out. >> from kids to grandpas, we've got some nice gifts. maybe amanda can -- >> you said her name. you said you wouldn't say her name. >> i did not! [ female announcer ] we give you relief from your cold symptoms. you give them the giggles. tylenol cold® helps relieve
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justin is still with us, because he's still looking for the perfect present for the guys in his life. who better to figure that out than another guy. >> who is with us? >> this is tyler sorenson, lovely scandinavian fellow. he has everything for your nephew, grandfather and great-grandfather maybe if you're so lucky. or all of the above. >> all right. what have we got? >> we have a lot to get through. i'm going to talk quickly. what parent doesn't love a retro
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style play tent? vw camper van play set. great for the playroom and the basement. >> look at that. >> great for the beach in the summer, great chill tent on the beach. 64 bucks. >> does it have windows? >> it has a zip-out -- >> i know. >> velcro. >> okay, cute. >> moving up the age spectrum, oliver, how are you doing? >> oliver! >> this is a sensation, the hoodie backpack. it's a thing among kids, as everyone knows. this hoodie backpack. curious thing that's happening. who has done it? nike has done it. >> nike? >> kind of functional fashion. oliver isn't going to wear a hat, no matter what his mom says, right? >> yeah. >> why aren't you in school? >> because i just like this backpack. it's really cool. >> okay. cool. >> sock, so moving up the age spectrum further to the brother. the guy serious about the beer should be serious about the glassware he drinks it out of. the best barware out there.
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this set of four is about $40. and it comes with a glass for every type of beer. now there's nothing worse than coming home, wanting a cold one and finding all you have is a warm one, which is why we love these guys, they're called chillsners. you put it in -- >> somebody answer the phone! >> your sponsor. >> you put it in the -- >> we're so sorry. >> it's unrelated to this. there are no sound effects with the chillsner. makes it cold. and then what i love about this guy on your iphone, nobody is using point and shoot cameras anymore. everyone is using their iphone. the lens isn't that great. perfect for group shots. group selfies. >> yeah! >> awesome. for that diy home guy, who doesn't love make your own meat? delicious. honey based. >> that is not wine.
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>> at gilt man we have a list of ten things every man should own. it is honey based. number ten on essentials, large cast iron skillet. gets better with age. no chemicals. >> how much is that? >> 25 bucks for this size. easy. >> oh, look! >> my lps can play on this. >> the kids love these. the old -- more of a grandfather, father thing. it's a great thing to breathe new life into that old record collection. >> and old records, of course. >> exactly. >> finally -- >> bust them out. >> and lastly -- >> we have no time. we'll be right back. show them. show them. >> okay. >> bye, everybody. >> you can talk into it. seriously. >> what?
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♪ raindrops on roses ♪ and whiskers on kittens >> we're back on this wines day wednesday. playing a game called "who knew?" it is exactly one week until christmas, we thought we would test your knowledge of holiday traditions. kathie lee, of course, is right across the street at the nbc experience store, she's ready to hand out $100 to those who get the questions right.
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and to those who don't, hey, they get an early christmas gift, kathie lee's christmas cd. >> my christmas cd. >> here to help me out in studio is amy, a senior editor at better homes and gardens. are you ready? >> let's do it. >> all right, kath. over to you. >> lovely lady visiting from houston. how many candy canes are sold during the holiday season? 64 million, 900 million, 1.76 billion or 381 billion? wow! >> "b." >> 900 million? wrong. [ buzzer ] >> no. >> it's my way home, and it's such a lovely journey. >> the correct answer here, 1.76 billion? >> that's a lot. >> hello. >> when they began, did you know, they were straight white sugar sticks that people hung on their trees. believe it or not. then later they got handed out during mass to keep the kiddos quiet and in 1900, they got their red stripes and peppermint flavor and now we make a lot of them. >> say that again. what did you say? >> i said you're gorgeous.
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thank you. you're very sweet. you're from lakeland, right, in florida? what american holiday was the popular christmas song "jingle bells" actually written for in 1857? valentine's day, thanksgiving, christmas or new year's day? >> christmas, "c." [ buzzer ] >> no. >> you don't happen to have children, do you? you look too young. >> yes. >> o. good. >> terrific. >> the correct answer here, thanksgiving. >> yes. that's a tricky one. >> yes. >> it was written by an organist in georgia for a thanksgiving concert. he called it "the one horse open sleigh." and get this, it was the first song broadcast from space in 1965. >> you're kidding. >> isn't that cool? >> nice little bit of trivia. >> i asked her where she's from. she said da bronx. okay. about how many lights illuminate this year's rockefeller christmas tree? 10,000, 25,000, 30,000 or 45,000? >> the correct answer is 30,000. [ buzzer ] >> no, but she thought it was right, boy. >> it says on the sign.
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>> really? >> yes. >> that's called confidence. the correct answer actually 45,000 l.e.d. lights. >> by the numbers this year, 5,000 miles of string lights, 80th year, be 76-feet tall and how many gallons of water? >> that was rude. 90. >> yes. 90. >> what i said last time on this program. >> from gainesville, florida, and he has a message. >> go, gators. >> in the famous poem "a visit from st. nicholas" also known as "twas the night before christmas" how does st. nick manage to ascend the chimney? is it sprinkles magic dust, spins, or puts his finger on his nose and nods. >> "d." >> who did that? who did the "d"? oh! santa saw you do that. >> i think there's somebody back there googling. the answer is "d," puts his
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finger to his nose and nods. >> indeed. here's how it goes. spoke not a word. went straight to his work. filmed all the stockings and turnd with a jerk, laying his finger to the side of his nose and giving a nod up the chimney he rose. >> you're from dallas. she goes to oral roberts university. which company was the first to use santa claus in an advertisement? was it ford, montgomery ward, coca-cola or macy's? >> "d," macy's. [ buzzer ] >> she wanted this cd for christmas. and you got it. >> the correct answer here is coca coal l.a. >> exactly. 1930, very famous painting of a department store santa claus enjoying a coke. and it appeared in "the saturday evening post." >> okay, i think we have time for one more, kath. >> from the home of kellogg's in battle creek, michigan, what is the name of the dog in the dr. seuss classic "how the grinch stole christmas"? is it butch, max, marvin or blake? >> i would say max. [ ding ] >> that's right. >> he is correct.
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that cute little dog. >> we got one. excellent. so interesting fact, this film was narrated and the grinch's voice is none other than boris karloff. >> who is that? >> frankenstein. >> oh. you're kidding. >> creepy. >> i didn't know that >> trivia. >> thanks for coming to see us. >> thank you. >> merry christmas. >> get ready. we learn a thing or two about holiday foods from madelyn. and find out if the ladies are able to cut the creep. back after this. asionaconstipation,
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we are back on this wines day wednesday. guess what time it is. >> time to cut the creep. ♪ well, by the time this is over, i'm going to have that timed. we've been following our two brave ladies, melvina harrison and kathy abruzzo from thanksgiving week, helping them from pack on the pounds
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since thanksgiving. >> madelyn is here to tell us if they were successful. >> hello. we have their weigh-ins. also, we're going to start with -- >> who is first? >> melvina. >> here it comes. you're on the scale. and after another week -- >> i think she lost. >> and you would be right. melvina lost. >> oh, wow! down 1.8. >> not only cutting the creep but she's down 1.8 since the start. >> up next is kathy. >> up or down? kathy now is -- she is down half a pound. yes, for a total of 3.8. almost 4 pounds down. even with the creep. >> you have to live, too, darling. >> you guys are doing great. cutting the creep, you're also down and you're learning a lot from this that they can stick with. >> all right. now we're going to play a little
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game. >> we are going to mix things up by playing a little game and what you've been learning. holiday foods. the way this game works, i have a question. there's going to be a choice of three different answers, "a," "b," or "c." buzz in when you think you know the answer. buzz hard. there's a great prize at the end. uh-oh. hodii. >> question number one, how many steamed medium shrimp can you eat for 250 calories? >> 10. >> you would be wrong. >> 15. >> no! >> what? >> 20. >> you can eat 20 shrimp? >> shrimp has 10 calories. >> fantastic. >> that's awesome. i love shrimp. high cholesterol. >> you have to keep that in mind. >> so no one got anything. >> one class of spiced eggnog has 360 calories. how many glasses of champagne can you have for the same calories? you guys buzzed in. how many? >> three. >> you would be wrong. >> oh. >> two, three or four.
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360 calories. >> it can't be four. so two? >> no, it is four. >> we have learned nothing. four glasses. >> it is 90 calories in a glass of champagne? >> 90 calories. >> in a small glass, five ounces. >> all right. >> main dishes. >> okay. >> one of these main dishes has less than 300 calories for a 5-ounce serving. which one? is it baked ham, center cut prime rib or salmon? >> salmon. >> no. you can't reveal it. >> tells you how many calories. >> it's going to be a crab stuffing, but not all crab. which one has less than 300 calories? >> if you don't get this right -- >> "c." >> "c," you would be wrong. >> all right. >> you have this. give it. >> it's the prime rib. >> the baked ham. baked ham is pretty lean. >> this would be explaining why i have not been able to cut the creep.
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>> so, okay. now we're going to talk about desserts. your specialty. carrot cake, how many minutes would you need to walk -- no, no, no. we have more. how many minutes would you need to walk the mall -- >> "c." >> -- to burn the calories? >> "c." >> no. >> 75. >> you're right! >> so sad. >> 75 minutes, 350 calories in that cake. now let us finish up strong. >> strong? we've been pitiful. >> well, keep trying. which one of these has fewer than 100 calories in a serving? one candy cane. >> i'm in. we know this one. we're about to tie you. one candy cane. >> you are right. hoda! >> we didn't ask you that. >> we win. >> no, you win. you guys, congratulations. >> oh, yeah, you guys. jump ropes.
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>> yay, you guys. >> all right. >> happy holidays. spreading some yuletide cheer. >> wait until you see this special performance by straight no chaser. they're awesome, right after this. [ male announcer ] when you have sinus pressure and pain,
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>> announcer: the toyota concert series on "today" brought to you by toyota. >> what started off as a college acapella group at indiana university turned into a national theme as one of their videos went viral. >> that's right. after that the guys from straight no chaser has shared the stage with the likes of paul mccartney and cee lo green. they are singing "wonderful christmastime" off their new album called "under the influence: holiday edition." >> nice. >> here they are.
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♪ ♪ the mood is right the spirits up we're here tonight and that's enough ♪ ♪ simply having a wonderful christmastime the party's on the feelin's here that only comes this time of year ♪ ♪ simply havin' a wonderful christmastime simply havin' a wonderful christmastime ♪ ♪ the choir of children sing their song ♪ ♪ ooh ooh ooh ♪ ooh ooh ooh ♪ ooh ooh ooh ♪ ding dong ding dong ♪ ding dong ding dong ♪ ah
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♪ woo the word is out so lift your glass oh, don't look down ♪ ♪ simply having a wonderful christmastime we're simply having a wonderful christmastime ♪ ♪ the party is on the feeling is here that only comes this time of year we're here tonight and that's enough ♪ ♪ christmastime ♪ simply having a wonderful christmastime simply having a wonderful christmastime ♪ ♪ the party's on the spirit's up we're here tonight and that's enough ♪ ♪ simply having a wonderful christmastime simply having a wonderful christmastime ♪
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♪ the choir of children sing their songs they've practiced all year long ♪ ♪ da da da da da ♪ fa la la la la ♪ da da ♪ fa la la la la ♪ da da ♪ fa la la la la ♪ da da ♪ the mood is right the spirit's up we're here tonight oh, and that's enough ♪ ♪ we're simply having a wonderful christmastime we're simply having a wonderful christmastime ♪ ♪ simply having a wonderful christmas ♪ ♪ oh oh oh oh ♪ christmas ♪ oh oh oh oh ♪ a wonderful christmastime
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♪ christmas ♪ oh oh oh ♪ christmas ♪ oh oh oh ♪ a wonderful christmas ♪ christmastime >> that's musicianship, hoda. >> that's what i was going to say. >> we'll be back with a special guest. but first this is "today" on nbc. ♪ simply having a wonderful christmastime ♪ simply having a wonderful christmastime ♪
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wow, more than $20 million in gifts are on their way to disadvantaged children all over the united states as part of our 20th am toy drive. thanks for the wonderful donations by you and our corporate sponsor. >> microsoft is a company well known for their generosity, and today they're offering an invaluable service to our nonprofit organizations. laura wallace is here to tell us about it, microsoft's new york general manager. so great to see you. thank you for the support you give us every year. >> tell us how the donations will work. >> yeah, absolutely. we're donating approximately $2
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million in software and services to charity. we focus on organization that is have a dedicated youth program that lines up with our youth initiative. today's show we'll send them an invitation to operate and they will be able to apply online and we'll work with them to match the organization's needs to our offering. >> you must get incredible feedback from these organizations. what do they say when they hear -- >> we do. they're just thrilled when the invitation shows up and they realize the options they have. either software on the premise or the cloud software. we manage the infrastructure headache-free. >> you understand everything she's saying, hoda? >> most of it. it's very techie. >> it sounds very generous. thank you so much. we're so grateful. have a wonderful holiday. >> thank you. >> she's going to scotland. >> of course, she is. >> and amsterdam. >> wow. remember, our toy drive ends this friday. if you would like to donate, logon to press the connect button. >> tomorrow, big day. the winner of "the voice." plus, gadgets that make great gifts for under $100. you still have some time to
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shop. >> and have you thought about buying stock for someone for christmas? we'll tell you. >> ambush makeovers. have an awesome wines day wednesday. >> i'm here to help. this d i will get through together. ♪


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